Rev. Andrew Brunson is back home in the United States after being held for two years in Turkey on terrorism charges.
He will meet with President Donald Trump, who helped negotiate the American pastor’s release, later Saturday.
Brunson, whose detention caused a deep rift in United States-Turkey relations, landed shortly after noon at Joint Base Andrews and will visit with Trump at 2:30 p.m. at the White House.
The president posted about their meeting on Twitter, saying the pastor “is a great Christian.”
“Pastor Andrew Brunson, released by Turkey, will be with me in the Oval Office at 2:30 P.M. (this afternoon). It will be wonderful to see and meet him,” Trump said. “He is a great Christian who has been through such a tough experience. I would like to thank President @RT_Erdogan for his help!”
Brunson, a Christian missionary who has lived in Turkey for more than two decades, was arrested in 2016 and accused of plotting to overthrow the government of Turkey, led by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. He had rejected the allegations.
SOURCE: Christal Hayes